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Teen alcohol use k i l l s about 4, 300 people each year - that ' s more then al l other i l legal drugs combined. [ 1 ] K ids who star t dr ink ing young are seven t imes more l i kel y to be in an alcohol-related crash. [2] High school students who use alcohol or other substances are f i ve t imes more l i kel y to drop out of school or bel ieve good grades aren ' t impor tant . [3] A rev iew of 48 relevant studies found mar i juana use to be associated wi th reduced educat ional at tainment (i .e. reduced chance of graduat ing). [4] Car crashes are the leading cause of death among young people aged 16-19 years . [5] Mar i juana negat i vel y af fects a number of sk i l l s requi red for safe dr i v ing, such as react ion t ime , coordinat ion , and concent rat ion. [6] Young people who begin dr ink ing at age 15 are s i x t imes more l i kel y to become alcohol dependent or abuse alcohol later in l i fe. [7] About 1 in 10 mar i juana users wi l l become addicted. For people who begin us ing mar i juana before the age of 18, that number r i ses to 1 in 6. [8] The brain i s not ful l y developed unt i l the ear l y 20s , and alcohol can cause long-term damage to a growing brain. [9] Mar i juana use di rect l y af fects the par ts of the brain respons ible for memory , learning at tent ion , deci s ion mak ing, coordinat ion emot ions and react ion t ime , especial l y for those who star t us ing as teenagers . [ 10]

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